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Blood Donations Needed During “Winter Days”
Donors Asked To Give Blood Or Platelets

Schools Experience High Absences Due To Sickness
An outbreak of flu and other sicknesses has crossed the county and has affected the school system as well, according to school officials.

Free Medical Clinic Receives Two New Grants
Clinic Is Giving The Gift Of Health Services Year Long

Program Provides Free Meals
Over 2,250 child care and more than 65 adult care centers across North Carolina are participating in a federally funded program to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to the children and adults enrolled in those centers.




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Greetings From Baghdad

Country Crooners

A Christmas Prayer For Those Serving Our Country

Jefferson Care Center Receives Gifts

A Wandering Eye

highcountry WEEKLY

2006 WHS Grad Working In Moldova Orphanage
Since July 2002, Kim Sutton has known in her heart that her mission after high school graduation was to spend time working in one of the many down-trodden orphanages in the poverty-stricken country of Moldova.

The First Christmas Tree: The Legend Lives On
Legend has it that the first Christmas greens used in decorating came about when the Egyptians and Romans adorned their homes with some type of evergreen in late December.

Blowing Rock Adult Day Care: A Gift To The High Country
It’s “home away from home” for those it serves in a safe environment where needs are met and loved ones are relieved of the stresses associated with round-the-clock caregiving for their adult children, spouses and parents.

McLean Takes The Car But Everyone Wins In Fair Share Campaign
High Country United Way Inches Closer To Goal

Winter Solstice Today
Don’t Set Your Clocks Ahead Or Behind

Robert Parriott Plans Cooking School Events
Robert Parriott will host two cooking school events during January 2007 at DT’S Blue Ridge Java located at 169 Locust Street in Spruce Pine, NC.



Watauga Medical Plans Technology Upgrade
Watauga Medical Center is seeking to join the ranks of the “Most Wired” among the country’s hospitals.

Computers For Honduras Program Underway
First Uruguay, now Honduras.

A Fund Raiser With Heart
On Feb. 14, 2007, a day when many people will think about their hearts, one little girl will thank the people who helped save hers, one of whom will win a fishing rod used and signed by world-famous fisherman Lefty Kreh.

Appalachian’s ROTC Program Graduates 17 Officers
Mission accomplished. Again.

2007 Season Passes Available At Tweetsie
Looking for the perfect holiday gift that the entire family will love?

Web Site Helps Support Local Education
DonorsChoose makes supporting local education fast and easy, but still allows donor to specify exactly how their contribution will be used and provides donors with feedback on the success of the programs their funds went to support.

USA Cycling 2007 Mountain Bike Nationals To Be Held At Lees-McRae College
Over 650 national titles will be on the line next year as USA Cycling announced its 2007 National Championship Calendar Monday.

Appalachian’s Institute For Senior Scholars Plans Winter Classes
Retired residents of the High Country looking for something interesting to do this winter should consider the Institute for Senior Scholars at Appalachian State University.

High Country Women’s Fund Supports Crossnore Student
The High Country Women’s Fund chose to support a graduating Crossnore student last week.

Parks And Rec Accepting Registrations
Watauga County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registrations for their boys 5th/6th grade Jr. Bobcats basketball program.

Teen Queen Helps Ring In The Holidays
Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen helped ring in the holidays with a Saturday visit to Boone.

Ski And Snowboard Makeover Winners Receive Extravaganza
Eight year-old Jamir Wood of Bakersville, North Carolina stood in amazement as he was showered with his ski makeover

Peele Named Health System Police Chief
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) and the ARHS Company Police Department are pleased to announce the appointment of Shawn Peele to the position of Chief of Hospital Police.

Andy Reese Retires From Board Of Education
“I make absolutely no apologies for being for education,” former Board of Education chair Andy Reese said at his last meeting before retiring from the board last month.

Lees-McRae College Receives Reaffirmation Of Accreditation From SACS
At its Annual Meeting on Dec. 12, the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) announced the Reaffirmation of Accreditation of Lees-McRae College and the removal of the College from Probation.



Remembering Our Troops During The Holidays

Local Students Win Awards In Just Say No To Drugs Contest
Main Street Marketing’s founder David Desautels is happy to announce the following winners of the 17th annual “Just Say No to Drugs Contest” which was open to kindergarten through 5th grade students in Ashe County.

Westwood Holds DARE Graduation
Westwood Elementary School recently held their D.A.R.E. graduation and presented awards and t-shirts to the participants.

Harvest Of Hope Foundation Helps Local Family
The Harvest of Hope Foundation has graciously provided an emergency grant for $500 to a local family that unexpectedly lost their father and husband.

Operation Meal And Music Raises Money For National Guard Family Readiness Group
Where could you find good food and amazing music this past Saturday?

Friends Of The Ashe County Public Library Win Frances B. Reid Award
The Friends of the Ashe County Public Library want everyone to take advantage of all the things the Library has to offer and celebrate with them in their recent state award.

High Country Amigos Getting Back To The Basics
Sometimes an organization can be successful at its mission and still discover that its services are no longer needed.

NWNC Advanced Materials Cluster Receives $1.2
Million To Build Jobs

The following comments are provided by John Hauser, executive director of NWNC Advanced Materials Cluster, about the Golden Leaf Grant Award to the Cluster project in the amount of $1.2 million to help economic development in the area.

Success Highway IDA Program Provides Micro-Enterprise Option
Dreamgiver Interiors, a new business that has received a lot of help from the IDA Program’s Micro-Enterprise Option, is now open in Jefferson Station and is providing great design ideas and personal service to homes or businesses.



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